Fireflies sealed between
My lips, desperately trying
To flee, and free the
Feelings dimly lit.
Buzzing around my mouth
I hum their tune out loud
Beating wings against my tongue
It is hard for me to let them go.
Once I do,
They won’t be mine,
Coming to me in fast-moving dreams
Ones where all the frames make sense
Separately, but together they’re a mess.
They lay eggs between my teeth.
They hatch and give life to me
They give birth to the most beautiful words
Kept in the darkness of this depth.
(for what is a poet without speech)?
Finally the buzzing got too loud,
The fluttering too heavy to bear,
And I opened my mouth with
The most deliberate exhale.
Worlds were born from me,
Lives created before my eyes
The sound was deafening like
Bull frogs in the night.
Flying so freely,
Swirling streams of light,
Their beauty was never-ending,
carried restlessly on their wings
(for they were truths and sorrows)!
Lies for tomorrow,
Honesty from yesterday.
They were what was
and will be what may.